4 Southern Staples We Will Always Buy
Pantry and fridge necessities with regional roots.
Duke’s Real Mayonnaise
Other mayo brand names are considered curse words in many Southern kitchens. From a culinary standpoint, mayonnaise functions as both a source of fat and acidity balancing whatever it is accompanying. Duke’s Real Mayonnaise has a distinct tang that cooks around the country acclaim as the best form of the condiment on the market. Eugenia Thomas’ homemade sandwiches sold for a dime in 1917, but the endless requests for jars of her creamy-tangy spread later developed into a full-fledged business. The commitment of Duke’s Real Mayonnaise to its legacy and traditions give Southern cooks a tangible connection to a century of Southern cooking.
White Lily Flour
Not all flour is the same. Both the type of wheat used and the way the wheat is processed will determine how the flour will hold up in a baked good. Using only soft red winter wheat, White Lily flour makes exceptionally tender quick breads, cookies, and cakes. Southern bakers have trusted White Lily since 1883, and over 130 years later, we’re still just as eager to get our hands dirty with their flour and make something special.
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Starting as a small family business in 1947, the Conecuh Sausage company continues to exclusively smoke their flavorful sausages with pure hickory smoke. Their unique blend of seasonings is unmistakable and lend spice and savory flavor to the high-quality pork in all of their sausages. While Conecuh sausages make delicious chunks in soup or stirred into grits, it’s also the perfect breakfast meat to panfry and serve with a biscuits and eggs.
Palmetto Cheese Pimento Cheese
While making homemade pimento cheese is a worthy endeavor, the flavor of Palmetto Cheese’s pimento cheese (the tubs with colorful lids) will likely remind any Southerner of family gatherings. For good reason, this brand has rapidly made its way into most Southern homes since 2006. Now sold in over 8,700 stores in 40 states, this pimento cheese brand with humble origins in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, has taken over the commercial pimento cheese industry—and we’re all happy about that!